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Entry Requirements

Establishment: Council, 17 December 1993
Last Amended: Council, 9 March and 25 May 2017
Nature of Amendment: Consequential to the repeal of statutes
Date Last Reviewed: May 2017
Responsible Officer: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Section 1:  Coverage

This statement of Entry Requirements does not apply to full fee-paying international students or to those applying for entry to postgraduate research programs and non-award studies.

 

Section 2: Terms and Definitions

  • Adult Year 12 Student: Adult Year 12 students are those who are at least eighteen years old on 1 January of their final year of SACE Stage 2 study and who have left school for at least one continuous year (defined as one continuous year's absence from any current enrolment with the SACE Board - this could include two semesters, provided that they were continuous).
  • ATAR: The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) ranks Year 12 students in order of merit in order to establish the competitiveness of applicants to courses. It is derived from the university aggregate using a nationally agreed calculation process. The ATAR is reported on a percentile scale ie on a range of 0-99.95 with intervals of 0.05.
  • Assumed Knowledge: Background knowledge in a SACE Stage 2 subject (or equivalent) which is considered desirable for successful study in a first year topic or in a course.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): The average of the grades achieved by a student taking into account topic/subject unit values. Values ranging from 0 to 7 are assigned to each grade. The value for the grade is multiplied by the number of units for that topic/subject. This product is totalled for all topics/subjects undertaken, and averaged by dividing it by the total number of units.
  • Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS): Those SACE Stage 2 subjects which are approved for determining eligibility for entry to undergraduate courses in the University.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Internationally recognised final year secondary schooling award.
  • Prerequisite: A SACE Stage 2 subject (or equivalent) in which a student must obtain a minimum grade of C- or better (or equivalent) in order to be eligible for consideration for entry to the course for which the prerequisite is nominated.
  • Accredited Private Provider: An organisation or body registered by the relevant government accreditation authority to deliver specific accredited courses, recognised training programs or short courses.
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE): The formal award recognising completion of stated requirements at senior secondary school level, and awarded by the SACE Board.
  • SATAC: South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre.
  • Scaled Score: The end product of a mathematical process which provides a basis for comparing performance in different SACE Stage 2 subjects.
  • Selection Score: A score derived from an assessment of an applicant's qualifications, which is used as the basis for ranking and selecting applicants for entry to courses.
  • Stage 2 Subject: A full year or semester length subject offered by the SACE Board within the second year of the SACE.
  • STAT: Special Tertiary Admissions Test.
  • Counting Restrictions: Ensure that each ATAR is based on a broad range of subjects. It limits the number of credits that an ATAR can include from a set of subjects in the same subject area.
  • Precluded Combinations: Two subjects are a precluded combination if they are defined as having significant overlap in terms of content. They cannot both count towards an ATAR.
  • Recognised Studies: Studies such as the International Baccalaureate, Final Year of Secondary Education in another Australian State or Territory, Higher Education Studies or VET qualifications approved by the SACE Board as counting towards the SACE and deemed eligible to be included in the calculation of an ATAR.
  • University Aggregate: A university aggregate is calculated from the sum of the best scaled scores from three 20 credit TAS plus the best outcome from the flexible option, which can be either the score of a fourth 20 credit TAS or Recognised Studies or any two of the following:
    • half the score of a fourth 20 credit TAS or Recognised Studies;
    • the score of a 10 credit TAS or Recognised Studies;
    • the score of another 10 credit TAS or Recognised Studies.

The calculation of the university aggregate is subject to counting restrictions and rules about precluded combinations. Information on counting restrictions and precluded combinations will be published annually by SATAC in the Tertiary Entrance booklet. The university aggregate is reported on a score range of 0-80.0 with intervals of 0.1. TAS and prerequisites are used to determine eligibility, not rank. As such, neither has to contribute to the university aggregate. The university aggregate is converted to an ATAR which is reported on a percentile scale ie on a range of 0-99.95 with intervals of 0.05.

 

Section 3:  Application for Admission 

3.1  Application for admission to an undergraduate course must be made through SATAC, except where the application is for admission to the final honours year of a course or where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has approved the making of an application direct to the University.

3.2  Application for admission to a graduate entry bachelor degree or a postgraduate coursework program must be made through SATAC, except where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has approved the making of an application direct to the University. Those graduate entry bachelor degree and postgraduate coursework programs for which application is not made through SATAC will be detailed on the University's website.

3.3  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean will approve the application process for courses not processed through SATAC.

 

Section 4: Course Intake Quotas and Sub-Quotas

4.1  The Vice-Chancellor, on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean, will approve intake quotas for each course offered by the University.

4.2  The Vice-Chancellor, on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean, may approve the establishment within each course intake quota, of a sub-quota for prescribed groups of applicants.

Sub-groups to target specific groups of applicants within sub-quotas may be approved by the Vice-Chancellor on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean.

The prescribed groups of applicants for which sub-quotas may be established include:

  • applicants who have successfully completed the SACE or the IB or the final year of secondary education in another Australian State or Territory, including adult Year 12 students;
  • applicants with completed qualifications from TAFE or an accredited private provider;
  • higher education transfers (ie applicants with part-completed or completed accredited higher education level qualifications);
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders;
  • Adult Entry applicants applying on the basis of the STAT;
  • applicants who have successfully completed one of the University's Foundation Studies Programs;
  • other special access scheme applicants.

4.3  An applicant who is ranked in more than one sub-quota will be eligible for consideration for an offer of a place in all such sub-quotas.

4.4  Where there are insufficient qualified applicants to fill a course intake quota the unused places will be re-allocated to other courses as approved by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the relevant Executive Dean.

4.5  Where there are insufficient qualified applicants to fill a sub-quota the balance of places available in the sub-quota may be re-allocated to other sub-quotas for the course as approved by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the relevant Executive Dean.

 

Section 5: Requirements for Admission - Undergraduate Degree and Diploma Courses 

5.1  Selection Scores

Selection to courses will normally be based on academic merit as determined by an assessment of an applicant's qualifications. Such assessments will result in the allocation of a selection score, which will be used as the basis for ranking applicants.

Applicants for some courses may be assessed on a combination of academic merit and other selection criteria including presentation of a portfolio, performance at an interview or audition, assessment of work experience or assessment of personal competencies. Such assessments will result in the allocation of a selection score, which will be used as the basis for ranking applicants.

5.2  Course Prerequisites and Assumed Knowledge

5.2.1  Faculties will recommend to Academic Senate for approval any course specific SACE Stage 2 (or equivalent) subject prerequisites.

5.2.2  An applicant must obtain a minimum grade of C- or better (or equivalent) in order to be eligible for consideration for entry to the course for which the prerequisite is nominated.

5.2.3  In the case of an applicant who does not satisfy SACE Stage 2 (or equivalent) subject prerequisites, the applicant's prior studies and achievements will be examined in determining any equivalence and granting exemption from the requirements where appropriate.

5.2.4  Faculties may determine any course specific levels of assumed knowledge in SACE Stage 2 (or equivalent) subjects.

5.2.5  Information on course prerequisites and assumed knowledge will be published annually by SATAC in the Tertiary Entrance booklet and in the University's Undergraduate Course Guide.

5.2.6  In the case of the IB, course prerequisite subjects must normally be passed at Grade 4 Standard Level or Grade 3 Higher Level or higher.

5.3  Final Year of Secondary Education in South Australia, another Australian State or Territory, or overseas.

5.3.1  SACE

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration for entry to the majority of undergraduate courses applicants must have:

  • qualified for the SACE; and
  • complied with the rules regarding precluded combinations; and
  • complied with the rules regarding counting restrictions; and
  • completed at least 80 credits of study at Stage 2 of which 60 credits of study must be 20 credit TAS from a maximum of three attempts which need not be in consecutive years; and
  • satisfied the prerequisite subject requirements for the particular course; and
  • obtained a university aggregate and an ATAR.

Applicants who have completed SACE Prior to the Current Year

Applicants who have completed SACE prior to the current year and have not completed more than two years of full-time equivalent tertiary study are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. Such applicants must have satisfied the entry requirements applicable in the year in which they completed their SACE Stage 2 studies.

5.3.2  Adult Year 12 Students - Adult Year 12 students may present subjects taken in three attempts, which need not be in consecutive years. There is no prescribed number of subjects that must be attempted in any of the three years and students may include subjects undertaken before they satisfied the criteria for adult entry. However, the university aggregate must include at least one subject studied after the criteria for adult entry has been satisfied by the applicant. The university aggregate will be calculated in the manner prescribed in Clause 6.3.1 above for standard SACE applicants and the same conditions of eligibility in relation to TAS and course prerequisites apply.

5.3.3  Non-SACE Year 12 South Australian Students

International Baccalaureate - Applicants holding an IB are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. The IB score achieved by an applicant will be converted to an equivalent ATAR according to the schedule maintained for this purpose by SATAC.

Steiner Education (Waldorf Schools) - Applicants from Waldorf Schools are deemed to have completed the equivalent of SACE and are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses if they:

  • have successfully completed all subjects required in the Year 12 program; and
  • meet subject prerequisites; and
  • obtain a written recommendation for admission from the Waldorf School concerned.

SATAC will calculate an equivalent ATAR according to guidelines approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

School of Tomorrow - Applicants who have completed the School of Tomorrow (formerly Accelerated Christian Education Year 12 Academic Certificate and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)) are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. SATAC will calculate an equivalent ATAR according to guidelines approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

5.3.4  Final year of secondary education in another Australian State or Territory - applicants who have successfully completed the final year of secondary education in another Australian State or Territory are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. The applicant's ATAR (or equivalent) will be used for ranking purposes.

5.3.5  Final year of secondary education overseas - applicants who have completed the final year of secondary education overseas are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. SATAC will convert results to an equivalent ATAR according to guidelines approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

5.3.6  Year 12 Access Schemes

uniTEST

Applicants for designated courses are eligible for consideration for entry based on a combination of their secondary studies and performance in uniTEST. uniTEST is an aptitude test which assesses reasoning across the broad domains of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. The designated courses and selection methodology will be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean and the Director, Student Recruitment. Designated courses will be published on the University's website.

Principal's Recommendation program

Applicants who have undertaken studies at Year 12 in the year preceding entry are eligible for consideration for entry to designated courses based on a combination of their secondary studies and an assessment of their potential for University study. Appraisal forms completed by their school principal or nominee indicating potential across a number of measures are used to determine admission to the University. Designated courses will be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean and the Director, Student Recruitment. Designated courses will be published on the University's website.

Science and Mathematics Bonus Points Scheme (SAMS)

Applicants for designated science and engineering courses who obtain a a grade of C- or better in one or more of the following SACE Stage 2 subjects (or equivalent) will have two bonus points per subject added to the university aggregate (or equivalent), which is then converted to an ATAR: Biology; Chemistry; Mathematical Studies; Physics; Specialist Mathematics. An overall maximum of nine bonus points per applicant, inclusive of any other Flinders University access/bonus points schemes, applies. Designated science and engineering courses will be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Director, Student Recruitment. Designated courses will be published on the University's website.

Advanced Entry Programs - Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Applicants who satisfy the requirements detailed above and who have excellent results in SACE Stage 2 Chemistry and Biology (or equivalent) and a high ATAR are eligible for consideration for entry to the accelerated program in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours).

Rural and Isolated Student Access Scheme (RISAS)

Applicants who have attended schools designated as rural or isolated are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses under this scheme. Designated schools will be published on the University's website. All eligible students are allocated bonus points for attending a rural or isolated school. Further points are allocated for students undertaking a SACE Stage 2 subject (or equivalent) through the Open Access College (or equivalent). An overall maximum of nine bonus points per applicant, inclusive of any other Flinders University access/bonus points schemes, applies. These bonus points are added to the university aggregate (or equivalent) which is then converted to an ATAR.

Student Equal Access Scheme (SEAS)

Applicants who obtain the SACE and have attended schools in the Adelaide metropolitan area are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses under this scheme. Students who attend a designated school are automatically allocated bonus points. Designated schools are those that have a high proportion of students who are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds or have fewer school leavers admitted to South Australian universities than would be normally expected for the number of Year 12 enrolments at the School. Designated schools will be published on the University's website. Students who attend any school in the Adelaide metropolitan area (including designated schools) and who are in receipt of a Government means-tested income support payment or hold a Government benefit card for their duration of Year 12 are eligible to apply for bonus points. Further bonus points may be allocated to students undertaking a SACE Stage 2 subject through the Open Access College. An overall maximum of nine bonus points per applicant, inclusive of any other Flinders University access/bonus points scheme, applies. These bonus points are added to the university aggregate which is then converted to an ATAR. Designated schools will be published on the University's website.

Language Other Than English (LOTE) Bonus Points Scheme

Applicants for designated courses who obtain a grade of C- or better (or equivalent) in at least one SACE Stage 2 LOTE subject (or equivalent) will have a maximum of two bonus points added to the university aggregate (or equivalent), which is then converted to an ATAR. A LOTE subject is any language subject other than English, regardless of whether it is taken at the Beginners, Continuers or Background Speakers level. English as a second language is not considered a LOTE subject. An overall maximum of nine bonus points per applicant, inclusive of any other Flinders University access/bonus points schemes, applies. Designated courses will be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean and the Director, Student Recruitment. Designated courses will be published on the University's website. 

5.4  Pre-SACE Year 12 Qualifications

Applicants who have completed Year 12 qualifications prior to the introduction of SACE at Year 12 in 1993 are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses under the conditions provided in the University's former Statute 6.1 Matriculation (1966-1993), except that, for the purposes of admission as an adult matriculant, an adult is defined as an applicant who is aged 20 or more years as at 1 January in the year of their final Year 12 examination.

5.5  Indigenous Admission Scheme

To be eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses under this scheme applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • be accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which they live or have lived.

In addition to lodging an application through SATAC, eligible applicants are required to lodge an application with Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research and attend an interview. Recommendations of admission will be made to the Director, Student Recruitment.

5.6  Foundation Studies Program

Applicants who successfully complete one of the University's Foundation Studies Programs will be ranked on the basis of their performance in the course and their academic potential to succeed in university level studies as determined by staff teaching in the course.

5.7  Adult Entry Scheme

Applicants who turn eighteen years of age on or prior to 1 February for Semester 1 entry and 1 July for Semester 2 entry may satisfy the requirements for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses by undertaking the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). However, applicants who have attempted more than two years of equivalent full-time higher education study will not be eligible for consideration for entry on the basis of a STAT score until two years have elapsed from the last year of higher education study. Applicants will normally be ranked on the basis of the score achieved in the test.

5.8  Tertiary Transfers

Applicants who have undertaken studies designated as higher education level, or hold a completed qualification at vocational graduate diploma, vocational graduate certificate, advanced diploma, diploma, or certificate level from TAFE, or from an accredited private provider, are regarded as tertiary transfers.

5.8.1  Partially or fully completed Higher Education qualifications - Applicants who have partially or fully completed an accredited higher education level qualification from an Australian university, or other Australian accredited institution, or an overseas university deemed comparable in standard to an Australian university are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses provided that:

  • an applicant who has been refused enrolment from a university or institution other than Flinders University due to academic or non-academic reasons will only be considered for entry with the approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee; and
  • where an applicant has been refused enrolment due to academic reasons from a Flinders University course the provisions under the University's Policy and Procedures on Review of Student Progress will apply.

Applicants who have attempted more than two years of equivalent full-time higher education level study will normally be considered on the basis of the selection score derived from the GPA calculation for those studies in accordance with the schedule maintained for this purpose by SATAC.

Applicants who have attempted one semester or more, but two years or less of equivalent full-time higher education level study, will normally be considered on the basis of either the selection score derived from the GPA calculation for those studies, or any other qualification which meets the requirements for eligibility of these Entry Requirements. Such applicants will be considered in the higher education transfer sub-quota and in any other sub-quota for which they are eligible.

Applicants who have attempted less than one semester of equivalent full-time higher education study will not be considered on the basis of the GPA calculation for those studies. Such applicants will normally be considered on the basis of any other qualification which meets the requirements for eligibility of these Entry Requirements. Such applicants will not be considered in the higher education transfer sub-quota but will be considered in any other sub-quota for which they are qualified.

5.8.2  Open Universities Australia - Applicants who have undertaken study through Open Universities Australia will be deemed to be tertiary transfer applicants for the purposes of these Entry Requirements. Selection scores will be allocated in accordance with the provisions outlined in 6.8.1 above.

5.8.3  Completed TAFE Awards - Applicants who have completed a TAFE vocational graduate diploma, vocational graduate certificate, advanced diploma, diploma, certificate 4, or certificate 3 are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. In determining selection scores the University will take into account such factors as the level of the award, the relevance of the award to the course into which entry is sought, the GPA achieved (if applicable) or the level of success at previous studies. Where no mechanism exists to rank such applicants selection may be by ballot. This provision will be subject to any course specific arrangements for articulation of University courses with TAFE courses which are provided for in related course rules.

5.8.4  Accredited Private Providers - Applicants holding qualifications at vocational graduate diploma, vocational graduate certificate, advanced diploma, diploma, and certificate level from an organisation or body accredited by the relevant government accreditation authority to offer such awards are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. In determining selection scores the University will take into account such factors as the level of the award, the relevance of the award to the course into which entry is sought, the GPA achieved (if applicable) or the level of success at previous studies. Where no mechanism exists to rank such applicants selection may be by ballot.

5.8.5  Bridging Courses - Applicants who have completed a recognised Bridging or Foundation Course of at least six months full-time duration or equivalent are eligible for consideration for entry to undergraduate courses. In determining selection scores the University will take into account such factors as the relevance of the Bridging or Foundation Course to the course into which entry is sought and performance in the Bridging or Foundation Course. Where no mechanism exists to rank such applicants, selection may be by ballot.

 

Section 6: Requirements for Admission - Graduate Entry Bachelor Degree and Postgraduate Coursework Programs

The normal requirement for admission to graduate entry bachelor degree and postgraduate coursework programs is, as a minimum, the completion of an approved degree or its equivalent. Faculties will recommend to Academic Senate the requirements for admission to graduate entry bachelor degree and postgraduate coursework programs. Selection criteria and ranking mechanisms for admission to graduate entry bachelor degree and postgraduate coursework programs must be approved by the relevant Faculty Board.

 

Section 7: Selection Process 

7.1  In the case of a course for which application for admission is made through SATAC, SATAC will assess and rank all applicants for the course in accordance with the provisions of these Entry Requirements and approved SATAC procedures.

7.2  In the case of a course for which application for admission is made direct to the University, the Faculty which is predominantly responsible for teaching the course will assess and rank all applicants for the course in accordance with criteria and procedures approved each year by the relevant Faculty Board.

7.3  For courses that require applicants to be interviewed, the Faculty will recommend to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for approval, criteria which applicants must satisfy to be selected for interview. The Faculty Interview Panel will:

7.3.1  prepare a standard questionnaire, for use with all interviewees, in advance of the interviews being conducted;

7.3.2  inform prospective interviewees by mail of the time, place and purpose of the interview;

7.3.3  interview the applicants so selected, using the questionnaire, and ensure that all such applicants are treated equitably;

7.3.4  maintain a written record of each interview, together with an assessment of each applicant's performance, for the purposes of determining the selection score for each applicant for ranking purposes.

7.4  In exceptional circumstances a selection score different to that normally provided for by these Entry Requirements may be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee. See Appendix A - Authorised Officers (PDF 16KB)

7.5  Offers of admission may be made only by an officer authorised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Authorised Officers are listed in  Appendix A - Authorised Officers (PDF 16KB)

 

Section  8: Deferment of Entry 

8.1  Applicants who have been offered a place in an undergraduate course will be permitted to defer their entry into that course for up to one year except where the course has been deemed non-deferrable. In special circumstances an applicant will be permitted to defer their entry for a further period of up to one year. Information on the deferral status of each course will be published annually by SATAC in the SATAC University Guide. This information is subject to any conditions that may be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean.

8.2  Applicants who have been offered a place in a postgraduate course will be permitted to defer their entry into that course for up to one year except where the course has been deemed non-deferrable. Information on the deferral status of each course will be available from the Admissions Office. This information is subject to any conditions that may be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the advice of the relevant Executive Dean.

 

Section 9:  Withdrawal of Offer of Admission

Where an applicant has been offered a place in a course as result of the provision of inaccurate or incomplete information, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) may withdraw the offer and cancel any enrolment allowed on the basis of acceptance of that offer. Prior to withdrawing the offer, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) must:

9.1  give the applicant an opportunity to explain the inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided, and

9.2  take into account the degree to which the applicant has contributed to the inaccuracies and omissions and the stage through the course at which the errors are detected.